Exciting Additions to Docs, Sheets, Slides and Forms

posted Sep 23, 2015, 6:29 AM by Jennifer Mruk   [ updated Sep 23, 2015, 6:32 AM ]
Google is looking to enhance the users experience by releasing several new features in Google Docs, Sheets, Slides. These features are already being released in the UMICH domain, so keep a look out for the following:
  • Voice typing in Docs: By selecting Voice Typing in the Tools menu, users dictate directly to Docs without the use of a keyboard, both in Chrome on the web and via the Andriod and iOS mobile apps. 
  • See new changes in Docs: Users can now click See new changes at the top of their Google doc, or from the File menu in Docs on the web, for  a quick glance at the latest edits made in the document. 
  • Revamped Google Forms: Google Forms has a new look and feel, and additional functionality including: improved mobile-friendly interface; new themes and color palettes; ability to customize form with photo or logo; buttons to more quickly insert images, GIFS, and videos; as well as responses that now appear in the same window as the form editor. Try out the new Forms here
  • Google Fonts preserved in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint on PCs: Google fonts are now preserved when users download Docs and Slides files in Word and PowerPoint.
  • Explore in Sheets: New feature on the web and in the Android mobile app that analyzes the data in your spreadsheets and automatically creates charts and surfaces insights based on that information. 
  • Partial cell formatting in Sheets: Users on the web and in the Sheets Android mobile app can now select a portion of the characters within a cell in Sheets and apply text formatting to only those selected characters. 
  • Templates in Docs, Sheets, and Slides: Users can select from a variety of pre-designed templates for documents, spreadsheets, and presentations through the Docs, Sheets and Slides home screens. 
  • Themes in Slides: 22 new themes in Slides are now available through the new Theme panel in Slides. Though old themes are no longer available, they will continue to work in any presentations already using them.  
For more detailed information on each new feature, see Do you best work with Google Docs